In memory of
O'NEILL GREGORY SEAN O'NEILL Much too soon, at age 51, Greg O'Neill died peacefully on September 5, 2018, surrounded by his family. Greg's enthusiasm for all of life's small joys (like soft-serve ice cream), his radiant smile, guileless optimism, dry wit, sharp intellect, and generous love for family, friends, and strangers alike will be forever missed by his beloved wife, Anita Hattiangadi, siblings, Daniela O'Neill (Derek Koehler) and Brendan O'Neill (Janet Green), nieces Taite, Dylan, Pony, and nephew, Kiran, father, John O'Neill (Susan O'Neill), in-laws, Villoo Hattiangadi (Uday Hattiangadi) and Nina Thomas (Dave Thomas), and many relatives in Canada, the U.S., and Switzerland. His family draws comfort from the thought that Greg joins his loving mom, Maria O'Neill, in the universe's boundless energy. Greg grew up in Toronto, ON where he attended St. Michael's College School. In 1990, he earned his BSc in Psychology and Biomedical Ethics from the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Population Studies from Duke University in 1997. (Go Blue Devils!) He joined the Gerontological Society of America in 1998 and was the Director of its National Academy on an Aging Society and associate editor of the journal, Public Policy & Aging Report, from 2001 until his passing. He also founded the communications venture, Aging Means Business. Greg's love of his adopted city of Washington, DC was evident; in 2008, he founded the social events website GregsListDC.com and served as its chief editor. Greg leaves behind a community of colleagues, friends, and acquaintances touched by the warmth and humor of his amazing soul. Although he was loathe to mention it, Greg had endured a 3½-year journey with Thymic Carcinoma. Greg's family acknowledges the tremendous help and compassionate support received from his oncologists: Dr. Yun Oh at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Giuseppe Giaccone at Georgetown University, and Dr. Arun Rajan at NIH. His family also is grateful for care during his last seven weeks at George Washington University and Holy Cross Hospitals. A celebration of his life will be held in Washington, DC in January to be announced on www.GregsListDC.com , and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the causes close to Greg's heart: NIH Children's Inn/NCI, the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, the Alzheimer's Association, or your charity of choice.A celebration of his life will be held in Washington, DC in January to be announced on www.GregsListDC.com , and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the causes close to Greg's heart: NIH Children's Inn/NCI, the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, the Alzheimer's Association, or your charity of choice.
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